1-Minute Playbook: How To Create a Healthy Leadership

When your employees are experiencing that they work in a healthy work environment, and theyteam building feel good, their sick leave decreases and their creativity intensifies.

But that´s not all, your employees´ loyalty to your organization as well as their solidarity towards each other increases. Naturally, all of this means that your organization´s productivity climbs. So how do you create a healthy work environment? It´s easier than you might think – you simply:

  • Set clearly defined goals and communicate these in a understandable way
  • Encourage your employees
  • Give your employees the opportunity to control their work situation and to grow, professionally and personally
  • Inform, inform and inform
  • Get your employees “onboard” by having them participate in and take ownership of decisions
  • Lead by example
  • Be aware of potential negative issues and act swiftly if problems arise

Are you struggling in your leadership? You don´t need to anymore. There´s a way to further excel your leadership – and simplify your life. Get in touch with us here for an initial dialogue about how our successful 12-steps process can help you succeed too!


True Team Building

team buildingTeam building is much more than just recreational activities.

The purpose with teambuilding is to create a team spirit – a “we”-feeling – where your group works towards the same purpose and goals, and where all your team members work in harmony with each other.

However, improved relationships are only part of effective team performance. Find out more about true team building here: True Team Building


What Is Great Leadership?

bobsled-643397_1280Do you know what makes a fantastic leader? Do you understand what attributes that separate a great leader from a poor one?

As managers we all want to be associated with a “great leadership”. But what is a great leadership, and who decides if it´s great or not? In todays video we talk more about this


1-Minute Playbook: Ethical Rules for Business

Business ethics are moral standards that a business follows and they are key factors in how a business is defined. Your ethical rules can make or break your success.

This week´s 1-Minute Playbook tips are sent straight from our kick off, off “The Executive Program: Leading the Enterprise”, in Tulum, Mexico. Enjoy!


1-Minute Playbook: Are You a Happy Leader?

woman-692785_1280Leaders can achieve great things if they trust their inner energy and their work gives them pleasure. The resulting energies are infectious.

To give a popular example of how this might manifest itself in the business world, consider the words of Richard Branson:

“If your staff are happy and smiling and enjoying their work, they will perform well. Consequently, the customers will enjoy the experience with your company. If your staff are sad and miserable and not having a good time, the customers will be equally miserable. So, it is a critical thing. We’ve done things differently at Virgin and that’s made life more fun and enjoyable. I’ve been determined to have a good time.”

Leaders who radiate happiness can achieve better relationships with their followers, who in turn create happier customers. It is worthwhile for leaders to reflect on their own degree of personal happiness. Ask yourself: are you happy?


1-Minute Playbook: Don’t Play “the Blame Game”

_DSC0305-2Blaming other people or situations for difficult circumstances in our life is an energy-draining and counterproductive way of dealing with life. And it will not get you out of your unfortunate situation.

On the contrary, by blaming someone or something else for what’s going on, you put yourself in the position of a victim who is not in control. And since you are not in control, you can’t take action to change your circumstances, right? Wrong.

“Victim thinking” affects not just individuals but entire organizations. It’s a paralyzing way of thinking that hinders individuals, teams and organization from successful progress. But there’s an easy solution to it. By acknowledging that you are ultimately responsible for the results of your life, thoughts, and actions you will create a level of freedom not experienced by anyone who chose to be a victim.

By taking ownership of your own life, you will be empowered to act. Successful – and courageous – individuals are driven by the knowledge that they create their own success in life.


1-Minute Playbook: How To Excel Your Leadership

puzzle-654957_1280Most often the leadership of an organization is the main reason employees either love or hate their job. The leader is the one connecting the employee to the organization, and if that relationship is damage in one way or another, the employee will eventually decide to leave.

For many years we’ve been promoting an active and conscious leadership – a leadership that is goal oriented, energetic and humanistic. You might also know it as sustainable leadership, mindful leadership, centered leadership or heart based leadership. As the name implies, conscious leadership is about having a well of physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual strength that drives personal achievement and, in turn, inspires others to follow.

One of the greatest challenges for conscious leaders is to connect their personal development, with a deep understanding of the organization and its strategical challenges. However, we’ve got five easy to implement tips for you on how to do this:

  • Lead with a sense of purpose – it will emphasize your employees’ feelings of transcendence.
  • Move focus from “challenges” to “learning opportunities” – it will change your team members perspective and creativity.
  • Build relationships through trust – you will see your team members excel in their roles.
  • Motivate through faith, not fear – you will build a courageous organization driven by “possibilities”.
  • Spread your positive energy – it is very contagious.

Do you want to know more about how to excel your leadership? We can help – contact us to schedule a complementary Strategy Session with Ulrika. We will talk about your goals, challenges and desired breakthroughs for the next 12 months.  By the end of the call, you will walk away with “next steps” recommendations necessary to achieve those breakthroughs.



Performance reviews – not only a “once a year thing”

mark-804935_1280For many people, a face-to-face performance review is the most stressful work conversation they’ll have all year. For managers, the discussion can be just as tense.

What a performance appraisal requires is for one person to stand in judgment of another. Deep down, it’s uncomfortable. It’s important though to minimize the stigma of a single once-a-year review.

First of all, a performance review isn’t a once a year meeting. It’s a series of short meeting throughout the year. Meet regularly – and of course individually – with your employees to discuss how their performance is helping them achieve their goals. Establish a regular meeting with each one of your team members to review their performance.

When you are having your meetings with your team members, always align performance with mission, vision, values and your expectations. Ensure that your employees know how their everyday tasks fit into the bigger picture. Ask employees how some of their tasks help accomplish the organization’s mission. If they don’t know, share your input. Remember it’s not a test for your employees – communicate with them, don’t interrogate.

Set long-term goals. A performance review is an opportunity to set goals for the entire year. This allows you both to make course corrections throughout the year. Prior to your performance review, ask each employee to submit goals they would like to work on this year. Review and adapt the goals so they help achieve the organization’s mission, vision, values and your expectations.

“Coach your employees constructively”

For your employees to know exactly what it is that that you want from them you need to be able to coach them constructively. Tell your team members what actions they need to stop, start and continue in order to be the most effective in their team. Some questions to ask yourself are: What is your employee doing now that is not working and should stop immediately? What actions should he adopt and start? What is he doing that is highly effective and should continue?

Also, when giving feedback, be specific and focus on the behavior, not the person. State what was observed, what is expected, confirm their understanding and get their commitment to improve going forward.

“Set your team members up for success – it’s your mission as their leader.”

Your team members wants to know how to become even better at what they do and to be the best or their team and the organization. They want you, as their leader, to be pleased with their performance. Make sure that you are giving them the tools to succeed!

Do you want to know more about how to improve your leadership and at the same time learn to better communicate with you team? If so, get in touch with us for a free assessment and dialogue on how we can help you. Contact us at gustolifegroup@gmail.com


Conscious Leadership – Awareness for Greatness

Character is the essential facet of leadership that allows leaders to earn their employees’ trust and to exercise influence both within and outside their organization. Throughout their day-to-day activities and actions, leaders communicate symbolically to their employees about who they are as individuals and what the organization represents in terms of its values and purpose.

Conscious leaders focus on identifying and meeting the needs of others rather than trying to acquire power for themselves. They embrace a holistic approach to leadership, one that also demonstrates humanistic values such as self awareness and empowerment of others. The awareness that conscious leaders possess enables them to easily understand what their employees need to be performing at a high level and they are working hard to get them to that level. These leaders also recognize and value the interdependent relationships they have with their stakeholders, such as business partners, vendors and the community in which they exist.

“Conscious leaders focus one ‘we’, rather than ‘me’.”

One of the most central principles of conscious leadership is listening to the people around you and listening well. However, conscious leaders not only listen well but they are also experts at recognizing what is going on beyond that which is being said. These leaders seek to discover the truth, decide what is right and then demonstrate the courage to act accordingly.

Here are suggestions for ways to build the conscious leadership mindset into your day-to-day activities at your workplace:
– Take time in the morning to meditate on your intentions for the day
– Ask your employees what you can do for them to make their jobs easier
– Stay thoughtful throughout the day
– Strategically place others where you fall short
– Create a safe and sustainable work environment
– Ensure that any employee, regardless of position, feel comfortable to bring forward new ideas and ask questions
– Listen, listen and listen
– Before going to bed, reflect on how your day was: what was good, what was less good and what can you learn from it
– Practise gratitude

Do you want to know more about conscious leadership and what it is? Get in touch with us for a dialogue about how conscious leadership can improve YOUR leadership and organization!



10 Ways To Lead By Example

skydiving-658405_1280Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to follow. When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership.

Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example.

  1. Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps team members on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.
  2. Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.
  3. Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose.
  4. Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for your team to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.
  5. Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define your company or team.
  6. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your team for more.
  7. Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.
  8. Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths.
  9. Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced team, mentally and physically, is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it!
  10. Roll up your sleeves. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness in your company.